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  • Sunrise Canyon by Janet Dailey

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kira is caring for her cousin's little girl and running a horse therapy ranch.  Her grandfather helps and she's been mostly successful in her attempts to teach responsibility, team work, and chores.  She still feel badly about the traffic accident that killed her cousin but she's trying to move on.  Then her grandfather comes home with the father of the child.  Is her world going to fall apart?Zebra and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th. Ms. Daily has been writing romances for years and it's been a while since I've Read More
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Henrietta is an orphan girl teaching students at the orphanage.  She's nothing special but there is something strange about her.  When her emotions come into play, she can produce fire.  She can use it as a weapon.  She can set herself on fire but it doesn't burn her or hurt her.  But she can't let anybody know that.  It's dangerous to have the skill and dangerous to show it.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published.This is a fascinating fantasy with sorcerers and magicians, the Ancients who are otherworldly monsters, and Read More
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Classic Nursery Rhymes Retold by Joe Rhatigan, Carolina Farias

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a classic rhyme that I learned in grade school and learned how to mimic a teapot (the nun's idea of a water spout) and the fallen spider while saying the short rhyme.  When I saw this book, I had to read it again and see how they handled it.  This is a lovely book.Moondance Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 13th.The illustrations in this book are outstanding!  So very bright and colorful with whimsical characters.  It was almost more fun to Read More
  • Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's young black foal born into a herd of mustangs.  His mother feeds and protects him but he still manages to get in trouble.The author sent me a copy of this ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy on Amazon.The black colt sees a cougar take down his father so he knows those are dangerous.  He's even seen another colt fall to a bear.  He knows it's a dangerous world out there but he hasn't yet met up with the most dangerous animal of all:  humans.He and his friend get Read More
  • Jorie and the Magic Stones by A. H. Richardson

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jorie is brought to her aunt's house from the convent she was being raised in.  She doesn't know much about her aunt but she's smart, willing to learn and wants to please her.  She's very happy to find that a boy her age is living next door with his grandfather.  Now she'll have a playmate!Serano Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.She's warned to stay away from the Tarn.  It's like a big pond but it doesn't have fish in it and nobody Read More
  • The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an odd tale.  It begins with two women telling the story of their lives.  They have separate chapters, their stories are piecemeal, and none of these families are normal.  It seems dysfunctional families breed more dysfunctional people.  However, the tale draws you in and makes you want to see where the author is going with her story.Berkley Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.Quinn's story begins as a young girl.  She has a boyfriend she sneaks out to see and she finally makes love with him.  She Read More
  • Murder Go Round by Carol J. Perry

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lee's aunt is in her sixties but she hasn't slowed down a bit.  She wants to bid on the contents of a storage shed.  They decide to invest up to $500, half and half.  They've never done this before but they know that you can find treasures in the boxes you can't open.  You can also find a lot of junk.  What they find puts a murderer on their trail...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 31st.This was a very interesting mystery.  There's old Russian history, a Read More
  • Lost & Found (Daisy Dunlop Mystery #2) by J.L. Simpson

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daisy is back and ready for her next adventure.  She's not real thrilled to be asked to solve a dognapping.  She's afraid of dogs.  But they don't have any cases and money is money, so why not?  There are good reasons why not but she doesn't find out about them until she's deep in the case...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now on Amazon.Nothing is as simple as it looks.  Daisy heads out to visit other dog breeders and to see what Read More
  • Bone Box by Faye Kellerman

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rina is just going for a walk.  Winter hasn't set in yet and she's taking colorful fall pictures.  She has lots of insects and animals.  Now she's doing trees.  When she steps in carefully to do a close up of an intriguing piece of tree bark, she steps on something that crunches.  She thinks it was a branch but she steps back and looks, it was a human finger bone.  Someone is buried by the tree...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity  to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th.Rina calls her husband Read More
  • I See You by Clare Mackintosh

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zoe has a routine for work days.  She goes the same way all the time, has her favorite seats and reads while on the underground.  She likes where she lives, so she commutes.  All is well until she looks at an ad in the back of the paper and finds they have escort services, dates and more listed.  That's not what bothers her; it's her picture staring back at her that's scary.  She didn't put that ad in; who did?  And why?Berkley Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
  • The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents threw her out when she got pregnant by a German soldier.  She went to a home for unwed mothers and they took her baby away from her because he looked Jewish.  She has no one, no money, no home.  She gets a job at the train station doing maintenance and sleeps in a cubby-hole.  It works.  Until she hears a sound she'll never forget...Mira and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 21st.What she hears is babies crying in a boxcar.  She goes out to check on them and Read More
  • The Piper by Charles Todd

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hamish is now alone in the old cabin where he and his grandmother lived.  He'd been out and got caught in the rain but now he's in, making a fire, and has changed his clothes.  He thinks he hears something but isn't sure.  His dog is sure, so he goes back out into the night.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.He finds a young man on the beach who has been badly injured.  He was hit in the head with a club and Read More
  • Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the beginning of a new series for young ones.  Arthur is one of the lesser known Brownstone's but he's just as brave as the others.  He sets out on a quest to find the person who his village needs to restart their fire so they don't freeze.  He finds more than that person...Nobrow Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 14th.Arthur has always been a bit fanciful.  He hangs out in the woods and deals with the fairies and goblins and the village thinks of Read More
  • Forgotten Boxes by Becki Willis

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charity is surprised to learn that she has inherited her aunt's house.  She'd only met her a few times and didn't know her well.  She just happened to be the only surviving relative.  She begins by cleaning out the house.  What she didn't know was how many surprises she would find...Clear Creek Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.This is a sweet tale and not just because of the maple syrup discussion.  There's sadness intertwined but life is like that.When Charity finds her uncle's suit with a bullet hole Read More
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a dark tale about the misuse of magic.  There are the "haves" and "have nots" in this world just like in the world we live now, but those with "skills" are vindictive and mean.  They are also the ruling class and the other unfortunates are slaves.  They only have to serve for ten years but not all of them survive them.  This not a nice world.Del Rey and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on February 14th.The various characters in this book each have their own chapters.  You Read More
  • A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

    Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Veronica is pleased to get an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club which is exclusively women.  That means women with independent natures and curiosity and a means to do what they wish.  She thinks sharing ideas there will be fascinating.  What she finds when she arrives is that one of the ladies wishes to speak to her privately.  Once they begin talking, she realizes she's talking to one of the Queen's daughters.  It's her half-sister, but they don't speak of that.  The family does not recognize Veronica but they are willing to ask for her assistance.  There's a man scheduled Read More
  • Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman

    Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex Delaware is surprised when he gets a call from an old woman.  She knows of his work and wants to chat with him.  He can't imagine what he can do for her but she's almost 100 and doesn't go out anymore so he visits her.Ballentine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 14th.She lives in an odd forgotten part of an old hotel in the Hollywood area and is pretty much the only tenant in that section.  Sometimes the cottages get overnight guests but not often.  She's content Read More
  • Traveling Light by Lynne Branard

    Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alissa (Al to her friends) decides on the spur of the moment to bid on a storage unit.  She saw a TV show where the lucky folks found antiques and the like in theirs.  She knows she won't be that lucky but she also thinks there might be something of interest in there.  There was...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on January 10th so you can grab a copy then.What Al finds is someone's ashes.  She has his name, his previous location, and now a desire to take Read More
  • It's a Mystery, Pig Face! Wendy McLeod MacKnight

    Sat, 07 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tracy just got back from the worst vacation ever.  They went to the beach for a couple of weeks and her little brother was allergic to everything!  She got stuck trying to entertain him.  Thank goodness she's home now and can ditch him and hang out with Ralph, her best bud.  It doesn't quite turn out that way...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.Tracy and Ralph go sit on a bench by the track to discuss what they will do with the rest of Read More
  • The Trapped Girl: The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4 by Robert Dugoni

    Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He sneaks down to the waterfront quietly.  He's poaching crabs and doesn't want to get caught.  When he brings up the pot from his honey spot, he realizes the one he has isn't his.  When he sees the hand in it, he knows he definitely doesn't want it...Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 24th.When Tracy shows up, she notices blue fingernail polish on the hand and suspicions it's a woman.  The interesting part is that when they try to prove who she is the trail Read More
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

    Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Liesel knows the story of the old ways and about the Goblin King.  She follows her grandmother around putting salt on the window and door frames to keep him out of the house.  At least she does until her brother is having a concert trying to become an apprentice to a master violinist.  Then she follows her mother's demands.  She also loses her sister...Thomas Dunne and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.Every time I hear the words Goblin King, I think of David Bowie in the movie Labyrinth.  Read More
  • Matylda, Bright & Tender by Holly McGhee

    Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This book is about coping.  Sussy and Guy are best friends.  He's always been there for her and they even share a pet leopard gecko.  Life is good, they have fun goofing off and they have great parents.  But then the impossible happens.Candlewick Press shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.On the way to the pet store to get some food for their gecko, an Airedale comes running after Sussy.  Guy comes to her rescue, shooing off the dog.  The problem was no one saw the car coming...This story Read More
  • Beauty and the Wiener: A Rescue Dog Romance by Casey Griffin

    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Addison has the opportunity of a lifetime in front of her:  She's been invited to show off her dog costumes and grooming talents before a dog show.  She's so excited and really anxious to do a good job and get her business off the ground and running successfully.  She does have enough time to get a drink and maybe dance one dance.  She even finds Mr. Perfect near the dance floor.  The night is off to a good start until she goes back to do the show and finds several dogs missing.  Seven to be exact.  How could that happen?  Read More
  • Pressed to Death: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #2 by Kirsten Weiss

    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the woman cop comes through the door, she knows she is bringing trouble.  Ever since she was around when the cop's long blonde locks caught on fire, she's been the cop's enemy.  It wasn't her fault but she was present and that was enough.Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.Maddie runs a paranormal museum and has recently acquired a grape press.  She has all the appropriate paperwork and is planning to exhibit it during the harvest festival.  The cop says she bought stolen merchandise and Read More
  • The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings by Charles A Salter

    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Josh and Hannah are visiting their uncle in Norway.  When the Viking Sunstone is stolen from his museum, they decide to recover it.  They are taking on more than they think.  Have you ever heard of a berserker?PR by the Book and the author shared a copy of this with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy from Outskirts Press or Amazon now.It all begins with a train trip to where they think they might find the missing sunstone.  They keep going through tunnels where the train cars are in the dark Read More
  • The Year of Needy Girls by Particia A Smith

    Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Deirdre is an excellent school teacher.  She teaches French and has lots of items she's brought back from her travels to Paris.  She teaches the girls to order from menus, make up train trips with the schedules and do other things that are practical.  She also adds some fun and challenges them on tenses.  She loves Brandywine School and her girls.  It's too bad someone misinterprets that...Kaylie Jones Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you). It will be published January 3rd.What starts the pot bubbling in this small town is the murder of Read More
  • Dead and Breakfast: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery by Kate Kingsbury

    Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Melanie has moved in with her grandmother, Liza, and they are going to rehab a big home and turn it into a bed and breakfast.  They have their grand opening date set and are working on completing the rooms for their customers.  They certainly don't expect to find a secret room that has a skeleton in it...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.This is a new series and it has caught my attention.  It's a good cozy mystery and there's a bit of romance for both Read More
  • Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

    Mon, 02 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Duncan Kincade and Gemma James are married cops.  They each have their own challenges at work and this investigation also creates some challenges at home for them.  Duncan is chasing ghosts and Gemma is trying to solve a murder case.  They're both complex...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.When Duncan finds out his old boss is back on the job, he's annoyed that no one told him.  He likes the man and when he left unexpectedly and then transferred Duncan to another department, he felt like he'd Read More
  • Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto

    Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This fairy tale is different from most you read.  No one is playing traditional roles and it's full of impossible ideas.  I like it.The author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy now on Amazon.Nickerbacher, the dragon, wants to be a comedian.  Really.  Badly.  But it just isn't done.  He has a princess friend who reads books in her pajamas under the tree he sits in.  He sends away any prince that tries to save her.  But his life feels unfulfilled.When another prince shows up, the princess cons him Read More
  • Crooked Street: A Joanna Piercy police procedural by Priscilla Masters

    Sun, 01 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Jadon Grover goes missing, their first thoughts are that he may have had a girlfriend or he may have just ditched his marriage.  His wife of two years insists he's the perfect husband.  He always lets her know when he'll be home, doesn't have a romantic interest besides her and he has a regular job.  The first clue they get that something might be wrong is when they call his place of employment and find out he doesn't work there...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February Read More
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